Courtesy of Taco Time

Local family-owned restaurant chain Taco Time has announced a test program to increase entry-level crew members’ hourly pay to $20 in a limited number of locations.

With the possibility to expand throughout the company if successful, the program is currently exclusive to two locations in Issaquah and one in North Bend. According to a press release, these locations are in most need of staff and are hoping to fill nearly 30 positions.

After losing a 250 employees with the beginning of the school year, Taco Time is looking to hire 300 people company-wide to meet customer demands states the release.

Evidence from a new study by One Fair Wage shows that wage increases are trending.

“When conditions in the employment market are challenging, the best employers thrive,” noted Robby Tonkin, co-president of Taco Time, in a prepared statement. “Organizations that understand the importance of mutual respect and appreciation will be most successful in attracting and retaining new talent in this challenging market.”

In addition to wage increase, Taco Time offers free food to their crew members while on shift and $120 per week food credit for themselves and their families.

“We are incredibly fortunate to enjoy the team-oriented, employee-first culture within our restaurants,” said district manager Scott Wallis in a prepared statement. “As a family-run company that puts an emphasis on what a ‘living wage’ really means, we feel that commitment in daily operations and long-term career longevity.”

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